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The Birmingham Allotment Project is an exciting new project by General Public exploring the heritage of allotments in Birmingham from the 1960s to the present day.

Bordesley Green Allotments, 1975

Bordesley Green Allotments, 1975
Image Credit: Wilf Thust/Four Corners Archive

Working closely with Birmingham and District Allotment Confederation, allotment associations and plot-holders city-wide, the project will present an alternative social history of Birmingham via its allotment culture. Birmingham has 113 allotment sites, more than any other local authority, and this project aims to inspire, engage and encourage people to learn about allotments, their history and their place in the city today. The project includes:

  • A major exhibition at the Library of Birmingham from October to December 2023.
  • Working closely with six local schools to train young people in making oral histories.
  • Volunteering opportunities: training in how to make oral histories and the chance to help shape the project.
  • Recording memories and stories: 45 oral histories with plot holders and members of allotment associations.
  • Creation of a website, publication and Birmingham allotment archive.
  • An education pack.
  • A touring exhibition visiting allotment sites.

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Uffculme Allotments, Kings Heath, 1975

Uffculme Allotments, Kings Heath, 1975
Image Credit: Wilf Thust/Four Corners Archive

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